As it is with many of my associates, travel is my second career. To be honest, there’s not much adventure in the banking industry, not much mystery, not much… joy. So in 1996 I left the banking business and took a course in travel at the local university. I didn’t have much of an idea how it all might turn out, I just knew I wanted to chart a new course for my life. When I naively asked my professor, “But how do I get a job?”… he referred me to a Virtuoso agency. What a change it has made in my life!
I’ve always loved seeing and studying the ancient, the unusual, relics from Greek ruins or the Four Corners in America’s southwest. But I never knew I could make a career of sharing that love, that fascination with others. And the people! Once in Athens, during a taxi strike, our hotelier put us in his own car and drove us to the airport. We were given a send-off by local youths singing “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” – in Greek! (There’s a bit of intrigue to that story as well. Ask me when we meet – it’s a story I love to tell!)
But the most important people I’ve met in my second career are my clients. They are not a “sale” to me. My clients become my friends. Whether I’m arranging for a Catholic church group visit to Oberammergau for the passion play, or customizing the details for an amateur archaeologist visiting Sicily… This is not just a job. I listen to what my clients say, and I care about what they do and how they do. My clients and I have more than a business relationship, we have a personal relationship. A relationship built on trust.
Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Turks and Caicos Islands, Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, United States-Hawaii